"Select a Client and analyse the client's occupational performance (function and dysfunction) in theoretical terms" I applied the Model Of Human Occupation.

Essay by charley_b2University, Bachelor's April 2004

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Occupational Therapists use theory to base their practice on, and these theories help to analyse a client's occupational performance. I went on placement to an Intermediate Care team, where I met a Client, who I saw frequently during my time there. To analyse this client's occupational performance, I am going to use the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO). Kielhofner (2002) developed the model, which he originally based on an open systems theory. The theory describes occupational behaviour in three subsystems, which are volition, habituation, and performance capacity (Turner, Foster, Johnson 2002). Kielhofner (2002) also emphasises the importance of the environment on the person, in relation to these subsystems. The environment is made up of things that can arouse us, and can promote action, including social and cultural pressures. This includes a person's physical, social and cultural environment.

I met the client on an Intermediate Care ward where, she had come in following a fall, and her Son was worried about her.

She had been on the ward for a few weeks when I arrived, but on my first day, the Occupational Therapist decided to take her on a Home Visit, to assess her to see if she could be discharged because she had been on the ward for several weeks, and she did not seem to require the service any longer. I was informed that her confidence had decreased significantly, and she was very anxious about going home, which she reported was in case she fell. However, the OT told me that she had often felt that the client's falls were a little false and wanted to see how she was, on the visit. The visit included a Physiotherapist, an Occupational Therapist and I, who accompanied the client. She presented as being very anxious, and made many comments that...